A Forth Valley pharmacist closely involved with the development of a local scheme which offers free antibiotic treatment without prescription for a number of health conditions was named Independent Pharmacist of the Year at the 2016 Scottish Pharmacy Awards.
Jonathan Burton from the Right Pharmacy at Stirling University highlighted the benefits of the new service which enables people across Forth Valley to access treatment for urinary infections and impetigo (a common skin infection which causes blisters and sores) from their local pharmacy without a prescription.
At the time of the launch Jonathan said: “I’m very pleased to be involved with this new local service which provides more accessible walk-in services for patients in Forth Valley. Community pharmacists are trained to assess and treat a variety of medical conditions and this enables us to manage more of the common illnesses that patients would otherwise need to see their GP or local Out-of-Hours service to resolve. This is a great use of our skills and expertise, good for patients and helps our colleagues in local GP surgeries and hospitals.”
The Scottish Pharmacy Awards act as a benchmark for excellence and offer an opportunity for healthcare professionals to not only showcase their personal success, but to mark the achievement of their peers. The event was hosted by TV presenter Rachel McTavish.
Pictured: Jonathan is pictured receiving his award from Shirley Gorrell, Strathclyde Pharmaceuticals.